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FCIAC Going Back to Old Format for Baseball Tournament

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It seems like we have been in a never-ending cycle of controversy in high school sports the last two weeks. Finally, we have someone doing something right, and not surprisingly it is the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Executive secretary John Kuczo just told me that the conference baseball tournament will be going to a […] [Read More]
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Westhill’s Loss Turns Into An Unofficial W

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The Westhill softball team heads to the field for a final intrasquad game after learning that its season had ended. Kathleen O’Rourke/Staff Photographer The Westhill High School softball team won its second straight Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship Saturday afternoon. But its finest moment came today, just minutes after the players learned that 2 1/2 […] [Read More]
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Vikings’ Season Over

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The Westhill High School softball team’s season ended today — with the players taking part in an intrasquad scrimmage. Moments earlier, coach Tom Pia had to tell his team that Norwich Free Academy’s 4-3 victory stands because according to CIAC rules, schools are not allowed to stage protests in state tournament games. There were numerous […] [Read More]
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Westhill’s Season Over?

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Unless its gets an 11th hour reprieve, the Westhill High School softball team’s season is over. According to Vikings coach Tom Pia, the CIAC has upheld NFA’s protest this morning and told the team not to make the trip to Stamford. Pia said in the state tournament packet it states that even if an umpire […] [Read More]
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NFA Appealing CIAC’s Ruling

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The saga following yesterday’s Westhill-NFA state tournament softball game continues. Westhill coach Tom Pia just called: NFA is appealing to the CIAC the protest that the Vikings won and does not want to come back to Stamford today to complete the game. Westhill is awaiting a ruling and I will post the outcome as soon […] [Read More]
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Double Chek: Let The Games Begin

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(This is the latest in a series of entries by guest bloggers throughout the high school spring sports season. Mike Nemchek and his daughter Sammi, who is entering her fourth year as a starter on Trinity Catholic’s softball team, explore the topical nature of the parent-athlete dynamic.  Mike coached many of the city’s top players in youth […] [Read More]
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Westhill’s Perfect Weekend Spoiled

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There was the prom on Friday and the softball team’s FCIAC championship yesterday. But a perfect weekend for Westhill High School was spoiled this afternoon when the baseball team lost to Staples in the conference final for the second straight year, 5-3. The Wreckers’ Jimmy Sikorski pitched a complete-game three-hitter, most valuable player Jack Hennessy […] [Read More]
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Giordano Named Third Team Academic All-American

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Marist senior shortstop Melissa Giordano was named a third team Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA on Wednesday. Giordano, a former Stamford High School star, is the second Marist athlete to earn the All-American status, as well as the second softball player in program history to garner the award. “I am proud to be a […] [Read More]
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CIAC’s Incompetence No Help to Westhill

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One of the more interesting debates among high school coaches is which means more: an FCIAC or state championship? I’ve heard arguments on both sides. That question will be at the forefront the next few days for the Westhill baseball team — as well as Darien, Staples and Trumbull, the other semifinalists in the FCIAC […] [Read More]
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Power Play: Saying Good Knight

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(This is the latest in a series of entries by guest bloggers throughout the high school spring sports season. Stamford High senior Emily Powers, a starting defender for the school’s two-time state championship field hockey team, is playing lacrosse this spring though she had never picked up a stick before and the program is still competing […] [Read More]
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